August 3, 2014 – Frankenmuth and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

This morning, Dave and LaDonna joined us in the short drive to downtown Frankenmuth, a classy tourist town whose architecture has been strongly influenced by a Franconian-style and feature stylistic interpretations of the timber-framed buildings found in the Franconia region of Germany; marked by the use of timbers in “square” and “X” patterns on the outside of buildings, as well as the use of “X” patterns on windows, doors, and other building features.

Bavarian Inn, Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (b) - 2014-08-03Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (k) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (m) - 2014-08-03
More noticeably are the absolutely gorgeous floral and other plantings which line both sides of the town’s main commercial district.

Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (c) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (h) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (q) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (g) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (n) - 2014-08-03Several fountains,

Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (b) - 2014-08-03Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (o) - 2014-08-03waterfalls,

Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (l) - 2014-08-03 Waterfall Leading to the Cass River, Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (a) - 2014-08-03 a covered bridge spanning the Cass River,
Covered Bridge Over the Cass River, Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (a) - 2014-08-03and numerous building murals

Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (e) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (f) - 2014-08-03 Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (p) - 2014-08-03 add to the community’s charm.

We enjoyed a great lunch at
Bavarian Inn, Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (a) - 2014-08-03where we were serenaded by German music.

Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (j) - 2014-08-03From there we visited the town’s most well-known tourist destination, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

Bronner's (Huge Santa), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Snowman), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Stana's Parking Spot), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03where one can shop for more than 6000 styles of Christmas ornaments, 400 styles of Nativity scenes, miles of Christmas lights, and artificial Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes.

Bronner's (Interior - a), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Interior - b), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Interior - c), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Ornaments - d), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Bronner's (Ornaments - a), Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03On part of the property, is a replica of the original Silent Night Memorial Chapel which is located in the town Upper Village in the Austrian province of Salzburg and is the memory of the Christmas carol Holy Night and his librettist, Joseph Mohr and composer, Franz Xaver Gruber. It stands in place of the former St. Nicholas Church in 24 December 1818. The Christmas carol was performed for the first time.

Silent Night Memorial Chapel, Frankenmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Silent Night Memorial Chapel (Altar), Frankenmuth, MI - 2014-08-03Both inside and outside, it’s always the people’ looks and actions (or inactions) who make traveling so interesting.

Man With Huge Earring 'hole' at Bronner, Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03 Man Sleeping at Bronner, Franekmuth, MI - 2014-08-03This evening we returned to Frankenmuth for dinner at Zehnder’s

Zehnder's, Sign Frankenmuth, MI  (a) - 2014-08-03 Zehnder's, Downtown Frankenmuth, MI  (a) - 2014-08-03A family-style restaurant with seating for up to 1,500 and in 2006 recognized as having served more people and any non-chain restaurant in the United States.

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